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Howard W. Smith Professorship

1969

The Howard W. Smith Professorship in Law was funded by an anonymous donor. A member of the Board of Visitors, Howard Smith (Law 1903) was elected to the House of Representatives in 1930. During his thirty-six years in office, he chaired the House Rules Committee, fought excessive government spending, and wrote the Smith Act of 1940, which implemented a registration process for noncitizens living in the United States. Early in his career, Mr. Smith was a commonwealth's attorney for Alexandria, Virginia; judge on the Sixteenth Judicial Circuit; and president of Alexandria National Bank. He died in 1976.

This chair is currently vacant

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